David Budd (red paintings) 1970-76

On display in the Richard and Barbara Basch Gallery through October 28

Gallery Hours: Monday–Saturday 10-4, Tuesday 10-7

This selection of six paintings provides an introduction to the extraordinary work of David Budd. He was obsessive and methodical in mixing his own paints to achieve the exact color he wanted. Consequently, his palette is very much his own and is startling in its intensity. For Budd, his choice of red allowed him to explore its cliché boldness through the subtle nuance of his brushwork and a complex compositional program.  He could create a matte or glossy surface or one that appears to be neither. He often incised the composition seemingly cutting into the surface of the paint or revealing a fissure in the paint layer that exposes another color. Budd was focused on creating unique marks for each painting.  On close observation we can detect his specific choices of marks and the consistency with which he applied those marks to each individual canvas. Often waves of marks cross the surface of the painting in a unique fluid pattern.

David Budd was born on March 31, 1927, in St. Petersburg, Florida. He studied Interior Design at the Ringling School of Art in the late 1940's, and thought he would become an architect. After seeing the Hans Namuth 1950 documentary film of Jackson Pollock painting he became interested in abstract painting. In Sarasota, he worked for the Christiani Brothers Circus, where he met Corcaita Christiani, who became his wife. The Budds moved to New York in 1952, where initially Budd worked in an abstract style inspired by Jackson Pollock’s approach.  He briefly studied at the Art Students League.

He had his first solo exhibition at the Betty Parsons Gallery in New York in 1958. He showed with her again in 1960. In the summers he exhibited in East Hampton at the Signa Gallery that had been founded by Alfonso Ossorio, Elizabeth Parker and John Little. He spent the early 1960’s in Paris, where he exhibited at Galerie Stadler in 1962, 1964 and 1969.  For one show he collaborated with the writer William S. Burroughs. Mr. Burroughs later dedicated a book, "The Last Words of Dutch Schultz," to Mr. Budd.  

Budd returned to New York in the 1970's and exhibited at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery, the Max Hutchinson Gallery and the Susan Caldwell Gallery. He taught for a time at the School of Visual Arts.  When he became ill he returned to Sarasota where his only daughter April lived.  She cared for him until his death in 1991.

His work is represented in numerous collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

- Mark Ormond, Curator of Exhibitions, Ringling College Galleries

The Basch Gallery is located in the Academic Center at 2363 Old Bradenton Rd. on the south end of the Ringling College campus .


JANUARY, 2016 

NATURE - Selections from the Basch Collection

January 11 – March 6, 2016

In January of 2016, working with Barbara and Richard Basch, curator Mark Ormond will select approximately 25 works from the Basch Collection of glass that relate to the theme of Nature. The exhibition will include works by Dale Chihuly, Vadlec Ciglar, Laura Donefer, Kathy Elliott, Ben Edoles, Colin Heany and Bretislav Novak.  

(Image: Dale Chihuly. Reduced Wisteria Violet Persian Set with Red Lip Wrap, 1995)

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